Each blanket comes carefully fitted in its own box along with a gift card telling history, care instructions and an info card about the unique characteristics of wool. They are ready for your gift-wrapping.
Inside of the gift card reads: "Isles near Scotland, thrive in Missouri, USA as well. The wool to produce this heirloom quality blanket is sheared from sheep which have never been treated with pesticides and spend their entire lives grazing the green hills region of north-central Missouri. The wool is then sent to a custom mill in Alberta Canada, whose owners will wash, spin, and hand weave our wool into these lovely blankets. As with any natural product, any imperfections add to its authenticity.
A mild degreasing agent is used to wash the raw wool fleeces and no dyes are used in the making of these blankets. Colours are supplied by the natural wool coats from ewes like, ‘Emma, Jewel, Angel, Spice, and Phoebe.’ Your blanket is one of a kind!"
These blankets are about 48"x72", so a very convenient size for most people. Handy for the traveller to keep in the car for emergencies, or enjoy its warmth whilst reading.
Easy Care: Caring for your hand-woven 100% Shetland wool blanket
The Basics: When washing wool products, the important thing is to not agitate the wool, as this causes the fibers to mat together and shrink. Soaking and spinning, though, are fine.
1.Fill your machine with warm water and soap. Agitate the water to dissolve the soap. 2.Stop the machine and add your blanket 3.Plunge gently up and down by hand to clean. 4.Let soak for 15 minutes 5.Set machine to spin and turn it on, allowing the machine to spin out the soapy water 6.Fill your machine again with warm water to rinse. 7.Stop the machine (do not allow it to agitate the wool) 8.Add fabric softener. 9.Plunge gently up and down by hand to rinse. 10.Let soak for 15 minutes 11.Set machine to spin and turn it on, allowing the machine to spin out the rinse water. 12.Hang to dry
Just Remember ……. DO NOT agitate the wool!
What’s so great about Wool?!
Natural Insulator - Wool is a natural insulator to keep you warm in winter and naturally breathable to keep you cool in summer. Wool fiber helps to keep your body at the optimal temperature zone for comfort and rest.
Naturally absorbent- Wool fiber is the original wicking fiber. Its coil-like shape pulls excess heat and moisture from your skin while you sleep. Wool fabrics can absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling heavy or damp.
Water repellent. Tiny overlapping scales encase the wool fiber like tiles on a roof. This allows wool to repel rain, snow and liquid spills with ease.
Wool is durable. Laboratory tests have shown that wool fibers resist tearing and can bend back on themselves more than 20,000 times without breaking. Cotton breaks after 3,200 bends, silk fibers break after 1,800 bends, and rayon fibers break after just 75 bends. Wool blankets will last for years. Naturally wrinkle resistant. Wool fabrics resist wrinkles. Wool is the most resilient fiber because it has a natural crimp that helps it keep its shape.
Fire retardant. Wool is safer to wear having natural fire-retardant properties. It can resist flame without the chemical treatment involved in fireproofing. Synthetic fleece is oil based, ignites easily, burns fiercely and melts. If your synthetic fleece is fire proofed, then you have the fire proofing chemicals next to your skin. Resists static, dirt and dust. Wool fabric doesn't collect much static because of its absorbent fibers. Static attracts lint, dirt, and dust. Wool fabrics also clean easily because dirt sits on the surface of the fiber.
Wool is colourful. In additional to natural colour-grown fibers, the structure of wool fibers allows wool to easily accept dyes without the need for harsh and sometimes toxic chemicals to prepare the fiber for dyes. When wool fabrics are dyed, the dye reaches to the core of the fiber and bonds permanently.
Naturally non-allergenic. Wool is almost entirely non-allergenic. Although some people do have a rare natural allergy to Lanolin, the oil found in wool, most people's allergy to wool is a reaction to the many harsh and toxic chemicals that go into the treatment, and finishing of conventional wool garments and bedding.
Renewable and Sustainable. Wool is a renewable resource that can be shorn from sheep annually. Wool from free-grazing sheep, represents a traditional small-scale industry that once thrived in America. The wool from the sheep at Sunrise Pastures is produced without stress to the animals, people, or the environment.
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